“This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Face The Facts 2012
Myths are often propagated about some groups of people who live in Australia. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, asylum seekers and refugees.
So, back in 1997, the Commission decided to address these myths with a concise publication which would set out basic facts and figures. That publication is Face the Facts and I am very pleased to say this is its fifth edition.
Face the Facts draws on primary research information from a variety of sources, including laws made by the Australian Parliament, government policies, academic research and statistics gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics including Census data.
Face the Facts is one of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s most successful publications and continues to be its most requested.
This edition will be available exclusively online. There a number of advantages to being online. Firstly, we have found that the vast majority of people access the Commission’s resources online, rather than in hard copy. Secondly, publishing online makes it very easy for us to be able to update the information and therefore keep it current.
While the structure and the format of this 2012 online edition is consistent with previous editions, in order to ensure that Face the Facts remains user friendly and accessible, its contents have been considerably updated.
We have also significantly enhanced the publication to make sure that more relevant topics and more recent issues have been covered. This includes information about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Australia’s new multicultural policy and research into racism and racial attitudes in Australia.
If you want to look more closely at a particular issue, we have included a list of recommended publications and websites. You can also visit the Commission’s website to find out more information about groups and issues included in Face the Facts.
I hope that you find this edition of Face the Facts to be a useful resource that sheds light on the multifaceted realities of Australia today and one that will help encourage enlightened debate and thinking based on facts.
Dr Helen Szoke
Race Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
“May you live every day of your life.” ~ Jonathan Swift
After all the huff and puff about Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) peoples being on track with closing the gap and all those organisations providing honest services in accordance with Community Control I am SORRY but this is not the case, self-determination principles are being even more corrupted and turned on its head.
Come on people, we must not continue to stand aside and let non-Aboriginal people hold down the jobs and positions that are rightfully the responsibility of Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) peoples.
We have all worked so hard to have programs set up for our people to be ABORIGINAL CONTROLLED, DIRECTED, MANAGED and TRANSPARENT for our Communities to be able to hold OWNERSHIP AND TRUE SELF-DETERMINATION.
We are being destabilised by the competitive non-Aboriginal so called ‘professionals’ who seem to be in competition with each other to see who can be the only one who knows what the Aboriginal Nation wants and needs for our future. They buy off some of the weaker communities and individuals who do not know a single thing about the history of all the struggles, blood, sweat and tears that flowed in order that we could attempt to get what we needed in OUR OWN COUNTRY!
We want organisations to stop being arrogant and start coming back to community and get it RIGHT!
I am not the only person around Australia who is irate at the state of misconduct within the ‘Aboriginal Industry’.
This view is my own, it is not necessarily endorsed by any other organisation although I invite them to comment. They may not comment unless everyone challenges them as to their position.
Remember it is your right to challenge, your right to question and your right to Self-Determination!
Co-Founder & Director
Lateral Love Australia
“He who has a why to live can bear almost anyhow.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche